Five years, two degrees, one serious edge
Combine your interests in business and math in this unique program, and gain two degrees in the time it normally takes to earn one co-op degree.
This double degree program combines Waterloo's strength in mathematics with the business expertise of nearby Wilfrid Laurier University (walking distance from our campus).
You'll graduate with two prestigious degrees: a Bachelor of Mathematics (BMath) from Waterloo and a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from Laurier. Together, they give your résumé an enviable edge that will impress employers and prepare you to make your mark as a trader, analyst, executive, or entrepreneur.
- Social and academic support. Looking for an upper-year mentor? A group study session? A stress-reducing game of paintball? You’ll find it all at the Math/Business Double Degree Club.
- Two years of work experience. Your five co-op work terms will give you 20 months of paid work experience — and a major advantage when you launch your career.
- Offered as a co-op program only
- Graduate with a Bachelor of Mathematics and a Bachelor of Business Administration
- Offered by the Faculty of Mathematics
What will you learn?
You'll take foundational courses in Business, Economics, Mathematics, and Computer Science to give you the foundations for your upper-year classes. You can then choose to specialize in the business or mathematics component of either.
Customize your degree
You can add additional areas of expertise by including one or more of the minors available to all Waterloo students.
Once you're a student, advisors can help you explore which minors or specializations may fit into your plans.
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Questions? Ask a student!
Contact a Faculty of Mathematics student ambassador to learn about their experience in the program.
Ask them questions such as why they chose their program, what the classes are like, and how you can get involved on campus.
Co-op = relevant paid work experience
By alternating school terms and paid co-op work terms throughout your degree, you can explore new career areas and types of employers as your career interests evolve.
Sample co-op job titles
- Financial analyst
- Data analyst
- Investment banking analyst
- Marketing assistant
- Data scientist intern
- Senior accounting clerk
- Project manager assistant
- Claims process analyst
What can you do with a degree in business and math?
Graduates typically pursue careers in finance, consulting, and technology. They often work in financial institutions, technology companies, and consulting firms.
- Data Analyst – RBC Financial Group
- Director – Sun Life Financial
- Business Manager – Microsoft Canada
- Model Analyst – Manulife Financial
- Management Consultant – Oliver Wyman
- Risk Analyst – TD Securities
- Retail Financial Analyst – Suncor Energy
Possible professional designations
- Chartered Professional Accountant
- Chartered Financial Analyst
- Fellow of the Society of Actuaries
Learn about the future of careers in business.
Student life, including Women in Mathematics
Math Society (MathSoc)
MathSoc is run by students for students and provides a wide range of clubs and services as well as social and academic events to make your experience as a Waterloo Mathematics student the best it can be. There are many ways to get involved and to meet students in other Faculty of Mathematics programs.
Outside of the Faculty of Mathematics, our campus is packed with opportunities to get involved, no matter how unique your interests. Between clubs supported by the Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association, sports and recreation, student government, and an incredible range of events, there's something for everyone at Waterloo!
Women in Mathematics
The Women in Mathematics (WiM) community encourages and advocates for women of all ages who are interested in studying math and pursuing a career in a related area. WiM strives for all genders to be well-represented in mathematics and welcomes people with under-represented gender identities.
Women in Computer Science
Women in Computer Science (WiCS) promotes gender equity for students interested in studying computer science and pursuing career in computing. WiCS has a very active student-run committee and offers events such as the Big CSters mentoring program, workshops, a speaker series, and panels about diversity in computer science and STEM.
There's also Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (WiSTEM), a student-run club that welcomes all students (regardless of gender) to promote equality in STEM. Opportunities include skills workshops, discussions, homework help, and guest speakers.
Ontario students: six Grade 12 U and/or M courses including
- Advanced Functions
- Calculus and Vectors
- Any Grade 12 U English
- One other 4U course
- Recommended: Grade 11 Introduction to Computer Science
Admission averages: Individual selection from the low 90s
Not studying in Ontario? Search our admission requirements.
Once you've applied, you'll need to complete the Admission Information Form as part of the application process.
We strongly encourage you to participate in the Canadian Senior Mathematics Contest and/or the Euclid Mathematics Contest to enhance your admissions status. To be considered for entrance scholarships in the Faculty of Mathematics, you must write one or both of the contests. If you complete both contests, we'll use the results of the contest in which you performed best.
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Questions about courses, programs, requirements, or careers?
Please contact our Faculty of Mathematics recruitment coordinator who can answer any questions you have.
Where to apply: Waterloo or Laurier?
The University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University each admit students to the double degree program. We recommend that you apply at both universities to maximize your likelihood of admission. The academic program is identical, regardless of whether Waterloo or Laurier is your home base. Differences include where you’d live in residence, scholarships, and the co-op process, and access to athletic and student life facilities. These are available through your home university.